The answer might surprise you. Get your photo taken.
This past weekend, I had my head shots updated. I got into modeling a few years ago as an amateur and over the course of time was paid as a model for a disability awareness company. Not all models are a size 0 with amazing teeth and wear top notch brands. In fact, once it was pointed out to me that there are all types of models needed, I became more confident in this pursuit.
There are models for figure drawing class, for product sales, awareness of causes or organizations, tattoo models, hair models, and so forth and so on. Age, ethnicity, body type, and gender do not matter so much, what matters is confidence.
After talking with a few professional models, I realized that it was not the direction I wanted to take, but loved having my photos taken for my media kit. With the right photographer, it was possible to get some really nice images to use on social media, in press kits, and just randomly for my blog! My last images were taken about a year ago so it was time.
I remembered this photographer who was part of the modeling group that I moderated. I adored her dynamic work so I got in touch with her through Facebook. Sure enough she was open to the idea and the rest is history. Check out her work here at Emily Bryn Photography.
We had a great time taking images on the street of Manchester, NH. The weather was cooling, but we just went with the Christmas atmosphere. There were challenges with lighting, but we located some great spots! Who knew LED billboards worked great to lighting.
Sadly, I’ve had the displeasure of working with a few terrible photographers. There are definitely some things to consider when you get your professional images taken.
Get to know the photographer
The model/photographer relationship is a complex one. Unlike those lovely school photos we all used to dread once a year, a professional photographer will take a few hours with you. It is a great idea to grab a coffee with them to discuss your vision and theirs as well. Synergy is an absolute must. If you feel awkward, that will shine through your images. Get to know each other by messaging or talking first and foremost. Then if it works, you can proceed.
I did have one experience where I was a bit uncomfortable meeting one photographer, but it did work out later on. Here’s how.
When the time comes, bring a friend
Never, never, NEVER meet your photographer alone. And definitely not in a private location. This equals for bad things. Even the nude models I’ve met never ever go on location alone. In fact, the more intimate the shoot, the more likely to bring a bodyguard. Many of the boudoir photographers out there are increasingly women for that very reason, to be more relaxed. The idea of a photo shoot is to make you look FABULOUS! So let us be safe J
Clothing gives confidence
Strangely enough, the clothes I’ve had for a few years that are worn make me look amazing in photos. That is because I am comfortable in them. The more relaxed you are in a photo shoot, the more you will show your personality. That being said, you should find clothes that are tame with little to no pattern. Color is great, but they need to harmonize with the background. The photographer can instruct you based on the shared vision.
Beauty is pain…. Or at least discomfort
In all of the sessions, I had a great time. I am someone who can feel relaxed almost anywhere and can strike up a conversation with almost anyone. I’m also understanding that the best shot comes with a bit of discomfort. Staring at lights, sitting on cold rocks, having underbrush stab me in the back is all a part of it. The photographer will help direct you as best they can, but sometimes it is needed to arch the back, purse our lips, and twist in ways that seem awkward. On the image, you look spectacular!
You are in control, but don’t let that go to your head.
Speak out if a position does not feel right. Maybe what is being asked is not possible for instance, you cannot balance on one toe while going down a flight of stairs with your head held high. If you can, you are awesome. If not, don’t worry, but tell the photographer. It will be about compromise. This is not the time for your inner diva to shine through demanding an extra frothy latte. Just go with the flow and it will go faster than you think.
After your session, let the photographer do their magic
It’s not just about lighting, location, and clothes. Post production makes a lovely shot, amazing. It will clean up any imperfections and bring out that twinkle in your eyes. This will also show the talent of the photographer.
It’s a learning experience and once you find a photographer that you get along with and who makes you look like the rock star you are, keep them. Go back every six months to a year to have your images updated. Try out other local talents as well or get recommendations from your photographer.
I’ve found that a lot of photographers are in the local art scene. Networking is all part of what they do and you never know where that may lead you.
It seems like such a simple thing to get your photo taken, but it can lead to new career possibilities along with boosting your confidence to the stars!